May 1st, 2014 by HarlemMom

My husband, daughter and I stopped by recently when we were looking for a place to eat. We saw Koko Wings on 106th off Broadway and looked at the menu. We gave it a shot and enjoyed it.

Koko Wings is about 1 month old and they have

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great Korean wings. They are delicious and come in Hot and Spicy, Garlic  flavored or a combination. I had the hot and spicy wings, my husband had the boneless. I ordered the sweet potato fries and they were served with a honey mustard dip which I enjoyed. It comes with a side so I had the cole slaw which was delicious too.

We can’t wait to got back or order in!

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Koko Wings
248 W 106th Street
Manhattan, NY 10025
(212) 932-7722

*They deliver – Seamless Koko Wings

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August 30th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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These new long awaited restaurants will take Harlem up several notches this fall.  Cecil is opening in September and Minton’s Jazz Club will open in October.  Minton’s as many may remember goes way way back to the 30’s in Harlem.  It has been restored and updated and definitely will play a part in bringing Harlem back!  We have been waiting for both of these for a long time and are very happy that they are just weeks away from opening.  We will be there for both Grand openings and look forward to this addition to classic Harlem.

In the meantime you can follow both on facebook and twitter (see below).  Stay tuned for upcoming dates and more information.

Cecil Facebook
Cecil Twitter
Minton’s Facebook
Minton’s Twitter

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May 23rd, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Things seem to be coming along for the opening of Barawine neighborhood restaurant on the bright sunny corner of Lenox Ave Malcolm X Boulevard and 120th Street.  After leaving the opening of Harlem Shake the other day, we walked 4 blocks down on Lenox to check on the progress of Barawine.  Nicely situated on the north east corner of the avenue next to the charming Settepani restaurant.   This will add to this section of Lenox Avenue where further up there are a cluster of restaurants Sylvia’s, Les Ambassades, Corner Social, Red Rooster, Cove Lounge, Chez Lucienne and the new Harlem Shake.

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The signage which use to read coming soon Winter 2013 now says Spring 2013.  I predict soon it will read Summer 2013 as they appear to be a few weeks away from their opening day.  Word on the street (and from one of the workman who will remain nameless) said they were waiting on their liquer license and clearance for outdoor seating.  We are hopeful for this new addition to the neighborhood in Harlem.  Stay tuned for further information and their official opening date.

Barawine
200 Lenox Avenue Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027

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May 14th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Wall of Fame

We finally have a good diner on Lenox in Harlem.  This afternoon we attended the soft opening at Harlem Shake and enjoyed exactly what you would expect, shakes and burgers.  Very pleasantly pleased by the retro fifties decor (by Dennis Decker) right down to the order-and-pick-up diner style format.  The official opening will be held in 2 days on Thursday, May 16th.  They are waiting on their license for outdoor seating as well which will expand the diner for the summer months.

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Her eyes follow you

The shakes are delicious!  We recommend the Red Velvet Shake.  Our favorite burger of the three that we sampled was the “Hot Mess” spicy, messy and everything good.  The fries were good.  Nice and piping hot, skin on the potato and just the right amount of salt.

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We predict many future busy nights here as they are set in the perfect location on the South/West corner of 124th street and Lenox Avenue.

They have added some very cool touches such as the Wall of Fame (above) which consists of a large collage of celebrities from Bill Clinton to Cassandra Wilson who have autographed their head shots on the wall.  We predict this will soon become a Harlem Hot Spot for local Harlemites as well as tour busses and the Sunday brunch crowd passing through and taking pictures of Harlem Shake.  While we were there, already a group of kids came in and asked if they could take a picture inside the place.  With it’s retro vibe, even though it is brand new we had the feeling that it had been there for years.  Also they serve wine and beer for those that want drinks with their fries.  The music playing was a little hip hop, a touch of rap and some R&B and great soul classics.  Perfect.

Thank you Jelena, for your hospitality today.  Congratulations to the whole crew and welcome to the neighborhood!

Fantastic design by Dennis Decker.   Well done.

*They will be open from 11am to 11pm weekdays and weekends they will be open until 2am.

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Vintage jet magazine covers drape the bathroom walls. Fantastic!

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Harlem Shake
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March 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Looks like very soon and hopefully any day now Vinateria will be opening their door to New York in Harlem.  After speaking with one of the owners recently about what we can expect from them, it remains pretty much the same as what we posted a few months back (see previous post) Vinateria Coming Along In Harlem.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.

The concept behind Vinateria is expected to be a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.  Sounds good to me.  A corner location for a new restaurant is always a plus , Melba’s, Lido, Chocolàt, Maison Harlem and now soon Vinateria. Stay tuned for our menu review and opening announcements coming soon.

Find them on their Facebook page for updates and additional information.

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

Vinateria Harlem
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York

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December 10th, 2012 by tharealharlemista

More improvements seem to be happening at the site of the new wine bar/kitchen Vinateria on 119th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Last week crews were spotted painting the building front black.

The proprietor, Mrs. Yvette Leeper-Bueno teamed up with Gabriela and Gustavo Lopez who worked at downtown hotspots Son Cubano, Boqueria, Lupa and Wallse, amongst others.  Gustavo Lopez will be developing Vinateria’s menu and daily specials, and Gabriela Davogustto will be developing their wine and beverage program.  Apparently they looked for a year and a half for the right space in Harlem, and had a few different places under negotiation that fell through, including underneath the Gateway Towers. In this address, they have now expanded their concept from just a winebar to a full food and wine offerings with an Italian/global influence.

Their Facebook has been up since summertime but no new info. Other wine- oriented places like Nectar and Auberge Laurent haven’t fared so well in this area but perhaps now is the time. We can’t wait for this to open!

https://www.facebook.com/vinaterianyc

 

 

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October 7th, 2012 by harlemhouse

We have just received the new date for the dinner and lecture / conversation for The Harlem Pearl to be held at The 5 and Diamond Restaurant.  It will be on October 16th.  Please see the original information below and don’t forget to make a reservation.  See you there.

You’re invited…

THE HARLEM PEARL – 4 DAY DETOX

 
The Harlem Pearl’s Opening Dinner and Lecture

Join us for the launch of The Lyn-Genet Plan’s The Harlem Pearl!

NEW DATE October 16 at 7pm – Lecture and dinner

The 5 and Diamond Restaurant

2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

(located between 112th and 113th Streets)

New York, NY 10026

$45 for a 4-course tasting menu

Lyn-Genet will be giving a lecture on The Plan and we will be serving food from The Plan cookbook.
Attendees who wish to purchase the 4 Day Detox from The Harlem Pearl will also receive free 4 days of free nutritional support with a Plan nutritionist!

The Lyn-Genet Plan is not a diet. It is a way of eating that will help you lose weight, reverse the aging process, and fight disease. Through The Plan, you will learn that your weight is nothing more than data and from this data we learn how your body reacts to certain foods. Once you determine your ‘trigger’ foods and learn how to create your own menus through working one-on-one with a nutritionist, you will be able to achieve and maintain your personal health goals.

This is for return and new clients so please spread the word to YOUR friends and family!
Space is limited, please RSVP to maggie@lyngenet.com.

The Plan and The 5 and Diamond!

We’re excited to let you know you can purchase days 1-4 of The Lyn-Genet Plan from the soon to be opened Harlem Pearl! Looking for a wonderful restaurant experience? Eduardo Polit, acclaimed executive chef of The 5 and Diamond, is now serving Plan friendly food for lunch and dinner.

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August 17th, 2012 by harlemhouse

I stopped by Harlem Food Bar today and talked with Ernesto, one of the owners of HFB, about their new large awning which had just been installed.  Now you can enjoy eating outside comfortably in the shade under their new awning.  This will also be handy when  the occasional lite rain storm passes by.

Looks really nice and draws your attention even more to Harlem Food Bar.  As you can see it is already being put to use.

Please check out our write up of Harlem Food Bar and if you haven’t been there yet stop by and check it out!

Harlem Food Bar
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July 13th, 2012 by HarlemGuy
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Keep up on the latest news and what’s happening in our village of Harlem.

Harlem Condo Life “Your Gateway to Harlem.”

 

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July 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse

The just recently opened Harlem Food Bar, owned by Scott Siler and Ernesto Gonzalez is already making a mark for itself on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s “Restaurant Row” in Harlem.  Not surprising  after the two different experiences I have had there so far.

Harlem Food Bar’s welcoming atmosphere and fun, hip, unpretentious vibe is attracting a wide variety of Harlemites.  On a warm summer night it almost feels like a cool Miami or LA spot with the doors wide open expanding outside to the sidewalk seating.  The music is just the right level, not too loud but enough to hear it in the background while talking with friends.  The decor I think is perfect for this space.  A beautiful mural expands across the entire back wall.  Tastefully done but casual at the same time.  Both times I was there the crowd’s appearance felt similar dress code wise.  You feel comfortable here either wearing casual gear or dressed up for fun.

I was impressed by all of the staff who seemed genuinely interested in the opinion of those dinning and drinking there and asking if they liked the food and cocktails.  Very important for a new place here in Harlem or anywhere to get feedback so that they can improve or work out any of the kinks.

The outdoor seating really adds to the charm.  The day I took this photo it was 98 degrees in NYC so understandably not as crowded as an average temperature day.  It is nice to have another option on Frederick Douglass Boulevard with outdoor seating.  My only objection  is  that it feels as though it needs a few more plants or dividers to separate the seating area from the sidewalk.  That being said they just opened and could  still be in the finishing process.

The cocktails and shared plates get a big plus.  Shown here are the Pineapple Mojito and the Mangopolitan.  Very nice.  The combination of pineapple, rum, mint and lime are delicious and refreshing especially on a hot night.  A great selection here of house drinks with some creative titles such as the last drink on the menu “The Wicked Bitch.”

The shared plates are great for sitting around the bar if you are just there for the drinks and atmosphere.  The chicken wings were tasty with a homemade buffalo sauce.  The hummus is made fresh daily and comes with pita chips.  It was not my personal favorite but my friend loved the hummus.  The mac & cheese squares are a popular starter and quite a few people were ordering them.  Great coupled with a cocktail of choice.  The bartender Jeremy pictured above will help you decide on a cocktail or the shared plates and is a pleasant and friendly addition  to the place.

For dinner my friend had the steak and really enjoyed it.  It was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection.  I had the bacon and cheddar cheeseburger with fries.  It was pretty much perfect and I would order it again.  Actually I look forward to having it again soon.  I noticed as I looked around there were two different tables with solo diners, both were having the burger and fries.  A good sign for die-hard burger lovers.  I was also pleased to learn they use grass-fed beef, organic chicken and homemade sauces.

Melbas, Bier International, The 5 and Diamond, 67 Orange and now Harlem Food Bar all seem to share a similar recipe for success.  They all offer a great atmosphere and are smaller in scale.  Intimate yet inviting.

Welcome to the neighborhood Harlem Food Bar.  I look forward to coming back again soon.

HFB – HARLEM FOOD BAR

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Harlem Food Bar

2100 Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.)

Between 113th and 114th Streets

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